Buy Tickets From the 2018-2019 Season: Henry the Eighth Playing June 01, 2019 to June 02, 2019

$15 General Admission Preview Thursday May 30, 2019
$20 General Admission Preview Friday May 31, 2019

Photo by Daniel Parvis

With the opening of Henry the Eighth, The Atlanta Shakespeare Company has officially completed performing Shakespeare’s entire canon for a second time.

Shakespeare’s History saga continues. Here we get to know Henry VIII as a virile young man bouncing between his loyal wife Catherine of Aragon and other women in his court. Full of grand pageantry, watch the coronation of Anne Boleyn and the christening of Elizabeth and listen to the famous speeches the noble Duke of Buckingham, the grotesque Cardinal Wolsey and Queen Catherine give as they all fall from grace.

Historical Note: During a performance of Henry VIII in 1613, a stage-cannon was fired which caused the thatched roof to catch fire and Shakespeare’s theatre burnt to the ground.

A part of The Shakespeare Evolution Series!

Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday June 2 after the show!

Celebrate our completion of the canon for a second time on Opening Night (June 1). We will have free hors d’oeuvres in the lobby before the show and a champagne toast with the cast and staff after. Dress as swanky as you want!

Join Orpheus Brewing for a free pre-show beer tasting for anyone coming to see Henry VIII on Friday, June 7th. An Orpheus Tasting Specialist will be featuring their new recipe of Transmigration of Souls and a brand new brew Choosers of the Slain. Tasting will be from 6:15-7:15pm.

Read the Plot Synopsis

Henry VIII Synopsis
Henry VIII dances with Anne Boleyn at Cardinal Wolsey’s London mansion, York Place. The Duke of Buckingham (Act II) is condemned to execution on a charge of high treason raised by Wolsey. At the inquiry into Henry’s marriage, Queen Katharine (also worked against by Wolsey), leaves the court at Blackfriars to “appeal unto the Pope”. Wolsey’s efforts to stop the King from marrying Anne are discovered, and more evidence of intrigue that will lead to his dismissal.

Secretly, the King marries Anne who (Act IV) is crowned Queen. Katharine (who has heard of the death of her enemy, Wolsey) dies at Kimbolton. Gardiner, malicious Bishop of Winchester, tries to bring down Cranmer, the new Archbishop of Canterbury (Act V), but the King intervenes. Cranmer, as godfather of Anne’s child, Princess Elizabeth, prophesies at her christening that she will be “A pattern to all princes…”

-from The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J.C. Trewin

Director's Notes

Directed by Artistic Director Jeff Watkins

Show Information


Act One: 70 minutes
15 minute intermission
Act Two: 60 min
Show will end around 10pm / 9pm Sundays

Show Roles

Performances May 30-June 1 & June 7, 13, 16, 2019

Henry VIII – Troy Willis*
Anne Boleyn - Kirstin Calvert
Katherine of Aragon - Laura Cole
Wolsey - J. Tony Brown*
Cardinal Campeius - Sean Kelley
Capucius, Ambassador from Emperor Charles V - Josh Goodridge
Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury - Matt Nitchie*
Duke of Norfolk - Doug Kaye*
Duke of Buckingham - Matt Nitchie*
Duke of Suffolk - Patrick Galletta
Earl of Surrey - Sariel Toribio
Lord Chamberlain - Luis Hernandez
Lord Chancellor - Jeffrey Watkins
Gardiner/Bishop of Winchester - Andrew Houchins*
Lord Abergavenny - Josh Goodridge
Lord Sands - Andrew Houchins*
Sir Thomas Lovell - Adam King
Sir Henry Guilford - Josh Goodridge
Cromwell, in Wolsey’s service - Charlie Thomas
Griffith, gentleman-usher to the Queen Katherine - Sean Kelley
Patience, Queen Katherine’s woman - Rivka Levin*
An old lady friend to Anne Boleyn - Danielle Hopkins
Three gentlemen - Matt Nitchie*, Josh Goodridge, Sariel Toribio
Doctor Butts, physician to the King - Josh Goodridge
Surveyor to the Duke of Buckingham - Sean Kelley
Brandon - Charlie Thomas
Keeper/Porter - J. Tony Brown*
Porter’s Man - Adam King
Prologue/Epilogue - Andrew Houchins*
Musicians - Sean Kelley, Patrick Galletta, Rivka Levin*

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Show Times
Shows at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse begin at 7:30pm, except on Sundays, when they begin at 6:30pm

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Note for all plays: The performers of The Atlanta Shakespeare Company are specially trained to make Shakespeare’s text and intention clear, no matter the plot or the subject matter. They know precisely how to get to the emotional core of each line, each moment, each scene. We promise you will understand everything! Leave the heavy lifting to us!

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